|The Calvados Still||Self Catering||Saturday||3||10||3||Double sofabed in the sitting room|
Benefitting from a heated pool which you can use at any time, the cottage has been converted from an old calvados still building where the farmer used a large copper still over an open fire to distil his home made cider to make calvados (apple brandy). Set to one side of the property, this is a secluded, spacious and detached cottage on 2 floors. Many of the original features have been preserved including many exposed beams.
Just yards from the River La Viette, it has its own private garden with barbecue, garden furniture and children’s swings. It faces an old barn which was originally used to house livestock and bales of hay and straw, and overlooks an apple orchard often stocked with grazing cattle and horses.
Detached and separate enough to be very private if you want to be, we have owned the property for over 25 years, and live nearby, and know enough to be there when you want us, and out of your way when you don't.
The fully-fitted kitchen has a full size cooker, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, toaster and all the cutlery and crockery you need. The dining room has an open fire which we provide logs for, free in the winter months.
The soft furnishings include a double sofabed for those unexpected guests. There is a radio/cd player,English satellite tv and a dvd player.
The downstairs and one of the upstairs bedrooms each have a double and single bed, the second upstairs bedroom has a double and two singles. There is a king size double, and en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower over, in the downstairs bedroom and is suitable for guests who have difficulty with stairs. The third upstairs bedroom has its own bathroom downstairs.
The open log fire provides comfortable heating to the downstairs. There are electric radiators in each room. All heating costs are included in the price.
You have your own private garden with outdoor dining facilities, a barbecue and swings for the children. There is badminton and table tennis in the swimming pool area, and ball games for the pool. The additional lawned area can be used by everyone.
You can park right next to the property, and we have a spacious extra parking area.
For young parents, no need to bring loads of stuff for the kids. We provide free just about everything for babies and toddlers, including, pushchairs, buggy, cots and bedding, highchairs, seat boosters, plastic plates cutlery and cups, monitors, potties, training seats, liquidisers, bottle warmers, steps for the washbasins, baby baths, stairgates, plus we have loads of toys and dvds for the children. We can also get in supplies for you at cost.
The property is suitable for some wheelchair users, please ask for more information.
For just €30, we will cook for you. Starting with canapés and Kir, we offer a generous 3 course meal together with all red and white wine. You can choose to eat from our menu or we can cook to your requirements.
Recommended beaches with lifeguard supervision are at chic Deauville (Paris of Normandy), Trouville, Cabourg, and our favourite Ouistreham (where the ferry comes in).
There are outdoor markets locally every day. The best is Monday morning in St Pierre-sur-Dives plus don't miss the old time market every Sunday in July and August in Cambremer
For just €30, we will cook for you. Starting with canapés and Kir, we offer a generous 3 course meal together with all red and white wine. You can choose to eat from our menu or we can cook to your requirements. Under 5's are free if eating from the same menu as you.
Budget eating, The Gentlemen at Lisieux is good, Le Gars de Falaise at Falaise, is good, both are always busy. More upmarket, Auberge de la Dives at St-Pierre-sur-Dives, and further afield Manoir d'Hastings at Benouville are good.
You must see Honfleur, and the lovely village of Beuvron-en-Auge, as well as the many fabulous local chateaux.
Water in pool very cold though
No where locally to eat out in evening
Great food on site though
Clean and welcoming
Not enough loungers around pool when full to capacity.
A beautiful setting and a comfortable house. We had all ages in our party and we all enjoyed the house and garden and made great use of the swimming pool. It is a bit of a drive to food shops, but the beauty and peace of the immediate area over-rode that minor inconvenience.
We explored the Normandy beaches and Pegasus Bridge to the delight of my 9 year old Grandson. He also enjoyed the Bayeux Tapestry, and we all loved that beautiful city.
Friendly, experienced and helpful proprietors.
We are grateful to Christine and her group for the positive feedback. The nearest shops are, Bar de la Fontaine at Boissey 2.9 Kms (under 2 miles) for bread, tobacco, drinks and food, and at St Julian le Faucon where there is a boulangerie, mini-market, butchers, bars, hairdressers and auberge restaurant, which is 5 Kms, (just over 3 miles). The nearest large supermarkets; Hypercasino and Lidl, and a wide range of shops, bars and restaurants are at St Pierre sur Dives, 8.2 Kms (just over 5 miles). We are always happy to get supplies in for guests either for their arrival or whilst they are here since at least one of us is usually out and about.
We spent a really enjoyable week at this property. The hosts were extremely generous & helpful.
There was cheese, wine, bread & milk waiting for us on our arrival, which was particularly thoughtful.
The property is set in delightful gardens & was very comfortable. It provided us with an excellent base for visiting places of Interest in Normandy, like the Bayeaux Tapestry & the American Cemetary at Omaha Beach. Honfleur was particularly beautiful. When not out & about there was a swimming pool to enjoy, which we made good use of.
Every facility is catered for ( cot beds, well equipped kitchen, games,TV) & the property would be suitable for young or older children alike. The Internet connection is somewhat weak at times but this is a rural area so should be expected.
We hope to return at some point to this property as we were very taken with the area & could not have asked for nicer hosts.
Lovely cottage with very welcoming owners who were friendly and helpful. A good amount of outdoor space for children to play in. A nice base for exploring the area, and we particularly enjoyed our day at Villers-sur-mer, visiting the fossil beach and the "Paleospace" fossil museum. We also liked the Chateau de Crevecoeur and William the Conqueror's castle at Falaise.